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Scottish government pumps £13.5m into The Data Lab

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The Data Lab has received £13.5m in funding from the Scottish government as part of the second phase of its project to drive data innovation across the country (Sep 20th). The Data Lab was launched in 2014 and, in the... (Continue reading)

Government green lights second Cuadrilla ‘fracking’ well

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The UK’s latest ‘fracking’ project could begin drilling within weeks, after the government yesterday granted approval for developer Cuadrilla’s Preston New Road site in Lancashire. The company welcomed the green light and said it would now begin work “in readiness... (Continue reading)

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Two councils launch intelligent data challenge

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Durham County Council and Blaenau Gwent Borough Council are calling on technology businesses to develop solutions that capture and analyse data to improve public services. The councils have secured £1.25m funding from the GovTech Catalyst Fund scheme to help applicants... (Continue reading)

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Facilities management suppliers invited to bid for places on new framework

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The Defence Infrastructure Organisation is launching a search for suppliers to tender for £2.9 billion worth of new facilities management (FM) contracts (September 20th). The Future Defence Infrastructure Services (FDIS) contracts will provide FM services across the UK defence estate,... (Continue reading)

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BPF: “What are the opportunities post- ‘Brexit’?”

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British Property Federation comments on the UK’s future constitutional future with the European Union (Sep 19th). “While we still have little idea of what the future UK-EU relationship will look like, we must be confident in the fundamental attributes of... (Continue reading)

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Swansea-based Centre of Excellence welcomed with £6.5m investment

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News of Swansea University’s successful bid to establish a UK Centre of Excellence in developing new buildings has been welcomed with £6.5m of Welsh Government investment (September 19th). Swansea University led a consortium bringing together universities and industry and won... (Continue reading)

£51m to support the growth in Welsh medium education

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The Minister for Welsh Language and Lifelong Learning, Eluned Morgan announced today that £46m has been allocated from the Welsh Medium Capital Grant and Childcare Offer Capital Grant to support the growth in Welsh medium education. The grant will support... (Continue reading)

A new vision for forestry

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Views are being sought on a new draft Forestry Strategy for Scotland which aims to make the most of precious forestry resources and help cement the country’s reputation as a responsible global citizen (September 20th). The draft strategy sets out... (Continue reading)

Common Weal on Scottish Electoral Reform Bill

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Common Weal’s latest policy paper (September 20th) seeks to upcoming discussions on electoral reform by examining the changing nature of political campaigning and makes key recommendations around areas such as campaign funding, digital campaign transparency and undue outside influence of... (Continue reading)

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LGA responds to PM social housing announcement

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Responding to the announcement on social housing made by the Prime Minister today, Lord Porter, Chairman of the Local Government Association, said: “Councils have always been proud of their housing and tenants and the positive recognition of social housing by... (Continue reading)

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